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Former President of Spain José María Aznar to be Honored by CHLI

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Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: (Members of the Press Only Please)

Vanessa Bilanceri, 202-244-0121,

Former President of Spain José María Aznar to be Honored

by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)

At its Annual Awards Dinner May 13, 2009

Washington, DC – The former President of the Spanish Government, José María Aznar, will receive the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute's (CHLI) 2009 Leadership in International Relations Award, which will be presented during the Fifth Annual CHLI Gala Dinner on May 13, 2009.

José María Aznar was selected by the CHLI Board of Directors to receive this distinct honor because of his current work and vision as President of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES for its initials in Spanish) and for his historic leadership as President of the Spanish Government (1996-2004).

"CHLI is distinctly honored to present the 2009 Leadership in International Relations Award to Prime Minister José María Aznar,” said Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21), CHLI Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "In addition to having been an extraordinary Head of the Spanish Government, Mr. Aznar continues to set an example as Chairman of FAES and to contribute in key ways to the fight for democracy and human rights throughout the world. We are honored to be able to receive Mr. Aznar in Washington, DC and to recognize his accomplishments at the CHLI 5th Annual Hispanic Leadership Dinner.”

The CHLI Leadership in International Relations Award was established to recognize leaders who are committed to furthering the mutually beneficial relationship between the U.S. Hispanic community and the international community. Past recipients include Dr. Rodrigo de Rato, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2007), and Ambassador and human rights activist Petr Kolar of the Czech Republic (2008).

"I am deeply honored by this warm gesture from CHLI, an organization that dedicates itself to advancing the diversity of thought and enhancing the public dialogue around issues of importance to the Hispanic community in the United States,” said José María Aznar. "I accept this distinct honor and look forward to creating closer ties between Spain and the United States Hispanic community.”

Mr. Aznar is currently the President of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (La Fundación para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales), or FAES. He was Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004.

Mr. Aznar has been widely praised for having lifted Spain out of an economic downturn in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Throughout his two terms as President of the Spanish Government he led an important process of economic and social reform. Thanks to various liberalization processes and the introduction of measures to promote competition, along with budgetary controls, rationalised public spending and tax reductions, almost 5 million jobs were created in Spain.

One of Mr. Aznar's continuing issues of concern is the battle against terrorism. He supports a firm policy, one that is against any kind of political concession to terrorism, combined with close international cooperation among democratic countries. He is a strong supporter of the Atlantic alliance and the European Union's commitment to freedom and economic reform.

"The United States has a strong ally in Mr. Aznar, with his expertise and experience in effectively managing a large economy and battling terrorism first-hand,” said Octavio A. Hinojosa, CHLI Executive Director. "CHLI is unique in that it supports and works toward a closer working relationship between the U.S. Hispanic community and the international community, especially in Latin America and Europe.”

Each year, CHLI honors select leaders in the U.S. Hispanic community through its Leadership in Public Service Award. It also recognizes leaders in the international arena through its Leadership in International Relations Award. The CHLI 5th Annual Hispanic Leadership Dinner will take place on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Details and ticket information may be found online at

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington, DC, that promotes the positive advancement of the diverse U.S. Hispanic community in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international community. For more information, please visit


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